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A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a botanical art class and an orchid sale.

LOVE FOR PLANTS AND ART? ... The Filoli estate in Woodside will hold a two-day art class, "Introduction to Botanical Art," on Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This hands-on workshop introduces traditional botanical art skills such as plant observation, drawing, color mixing and watercolor painting using leaves, flowers and fruit as models. Cost is $225 (members receive 20 percent discount) and includes all materials. Filoli is located at 86 CaƱada Road in Woodside. To register, go to

PLANTING SMALL FRUIT TREES ...Gamble Garden is holding a class on how to plant and maintain smaller-sized, easy-harvest trees. The class provides an overview of tree selection, planting and maintenance (including pruning, irrigation, fertilization, and pest management). Instructor Jeff Scroggin runs his own landscape management business on the Peninsula. He also volunteers his time maintaining the orchard at the Filoli estate. The class will be held Saturday Jan. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Cost is $20 for members and $35 for non-members. To register, go to

CAMELLIA SOCIETY MEETING ... The San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Society will hold its monthly members' meeting on Monday, January 22 at 7 p.m. at 1435 Madison Ave. in Redwood City. The Camellia Society seeks to encourage greater use and appreciation of camellias and to offer the public helpful information on their cultivation and propagation. The society has donated camellia plants to public gardens and parks throughout the Peninsula including Holbrook Palmer Park in Atherton, the Menlo Park Civic Center, the U.S. Geological Survey, Gamble Garden and Lucie Stern Community Center. The society also rescues plants at risk of destruction or relocation, and tries to safeguard camellia collections of historical interest.

ORCHID SALE ... Now's your chance to buy orchids from the experts. The Peninsula Orchid Society will hold its Annual Show and Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and 28. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1400 Roosevelt Ave. in Redwood City. Check out everything from cymbidiums to terrarium orchids and ask vendors questions. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under.

— Palo Alto Weekly Staff


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